The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God

The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God

The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God

The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God

Synopsis

Inspiring and challenging study that rethinks the Bible's teaching on disability

A theologian whose life experience includes growing up alongside a brother with Down syndrome, Amos Yong in this book rereads and reinterprets biblical texts about human disability, arguing that the way we read biblical texts, not the Bible itself, is what causes us to marginalize persons with disabilities. Revealing and examining the underlying stigma of disability that exists even in the church, Yong shows how the Bible offers good news to people of all abilities -- and he challenges churches to become more inclusive communities of faith.

Excerpt

The origins of this book derive from the invitation to be the sixth lecturer at Northwest University’s Pentecostal Lectureship series in Kirkland, Washington, in February 2010. My thanks to Blaine Charette for initiating the invitation, for asking specifically that I address this important topic, and for organizing and hosting my visit. I am grateful also to Joseph Castleberry, Jack Wisemore, Bob Stallman, Jim Huegel, Weldyn Houger, and Brad Embry for their friendship and hospitality. Many others at Northwest University, including alumnus Rick Benjamin, provided feedback on the first draft of this text. Northwest students asked great questions during the lectures and during the classroom presentations as well.

I also presented a version of Chapter 4 as “The Church of the Weak and the Foolish: St. Paul as the First Theologian of (Intellectual) Disability!?” at California Baptist University in Riverside, California, on 25 March 2010. My thanks to Jeff McNair for organizing this and for being such a wonderful host on this occasion, and to Jeff Mooney and CBU’s students in the M.A. in Disability Studies program for their excellent questions and comments at this lecture.

This is my first sustained venture into the field of biblical theology. I cannot adequately express my gratitude to Kerry Wynn for the time he took, on short notice, to read carefully a draft of the manuscript and to send many single-spaced pages of honest and critical comments. Kerry opened my eyes to how deeply I myself was mired in a normate (ablebodied) worldview, an irony indeed, considering that I am trying in this book to expose how such pre-understandings are at work in our reading of . . .

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